Field Meetings

NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings

Field meetings are open to  members only. All members are welcome giving opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under  NEWS items).

Field meetings for 2018 are listed below.

Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn.  Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant.  Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.

Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations!  Also note that return times are approximate only.

Notes for meetings led by June Atkinson:

Enquiries to her on 01423 885612 or mobile 07811 929925

Pick-up point for minibus and coach outings: meet at York Place Car Park, off York Road, Knaresborough – behind Marquis of Granby pub. Car parking charge: £1.60 all day. Please have exact money for the machine.

Booking form for trips on 20 Feb, 7 August and 4 September

Please note that the price for the bookable trips is now £17, not £15 as advertised. This is due to increased operator charges.

Notes for all the ‘botanical’ field trips

A packed lunch is required; events would normally finish around 4:00. Please email or ‘phone the organiser to say you are coming, this will make it possible to car share – many of the venues have little parking; also changes to the printed programme may have occurred. Please bring next-of-kin name and phone number.

Contact details: Muff = 01423 340 694; Kerry = 01423 540267

Nosterfield LNR and Lingham/Flask Complex

Leader: June Atkinson

Meet at Nosterfield car park 10am in cars. Chasing geese and other wildfowl. After transfer lunch transfer to Lingham car park to explore the area to Flask.
When: Tue January 8 2019 10:00 - 15:00

Hartlepool, Teesmouth and RSPB Saltholme

Leader: June Atkinson
MINIBUS TRIP. BOOKING REQUIRED; see blue form in centrefold of Newsletter
Meet at York Place car park Knaresborough at 8.30am
When: Tue February 12 2019 08:30 - 18:30

Mosses, liverworts and other wildlife - venue TBA

Leader: Nick Gaunt
Advance notice, details to follow
When: Wed April 10 2019 10:00 - 16:00

Gouthwaite Reservoir, Scar House and Angram

Leader: June Atkinson
Meet at Gouthwaite main car park at 9.30am in cars.
Looking for waders and spring migrants, stopping en route for raptors, Pied Flycatcher, Dipper.
Scar House car park for lunch looking for Ring Ouzel, Wheatear etc. A walk to Angram for those who wish.
When: Tue April 30 2019 09:30 - 16:30

RSPB Fairburn Ings

Leader: June Atkinson
Meet in the reserve car park at 10am in cars.
Looking for passage birds, terns, waders, warblers, Great White Egret and Spoonbill which bred 2018. 75 species were seen on 2018 trip.
RSPB members should have membership cards with them.
When: Tue May 7 2019 10:00 - 17:30

Cow Myers botanical workshop

Leader: Kevin Walker
Advance notice, details to follow
When: Thu May 23 2019 10:00 - 16:00

Evening Nightjar Walk, Stainburn Forest

Leader: Mike Smithson
Meet at Stainburn Forest car park, Little Almscliffe at 9pm in cars. Looking for Nightjars and roding Woodcocks. The walk is approximately 1 mile each way on a good forest track. Please bring torch for the return walk. Midge repellant is essential.
When: Thu June 13 2019 21:00 - 23:30

YWT Askham Bog

Leader: Alistair Fitter
Advance notice, details to follow
When: Tue June 18 2019 10:00 - 16:00

Botanical field trip

Leader: Richard Campbell
Advance notice, details to follow
When: Tue June 25 2019 10:00 - 16:00

South Gare flora and fauna

Leader: David Barlow
Advance notice, details to follow
When: Mon July 1 2019 10:00 - 16:00

National Meadows Day at Farnham Gravel Pit

Advance notice, details to follow
When: Sat July 6 2019 10:00 - 16:00

Botanical workshop

Leader: Kevin Walker
Advance notice, details to follow
When: Sat July 13 2019 10:00 - 16:00

YWT Brockadale

Advance notice, details to follow
When: Thu August 1 2019 10:00 - 16:00


Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m.  These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.

Rain forests on four continents

Nick Gaunt
Impressions of flora and fauna of a variety of rain forests taken on personal trips around the world, with reflections on their diversity, status and future.
When: Wed January 9 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Earthworms and their balls of calcite

Mark Hodson, Univ of York
When: Wed January 23 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Wildlife of Sri Lanka

Colin Slator
When: Wed February 6 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Planning for HS2

Sara Robin, YWT Planning Officer
When: Wed February 20 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Wild Photography - Tales and Tails

Carl Watts
When: Wed March 6 2019 19:30 - 21:00

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